Thursday, July 28, 2011

Speaker John Boehner’s plan is simply un- acceptable.

URGENT MATTER - Folks, Speaker John Boehner’s plan is simply un-
acceptable. In round one it ONLY cuts 7 Billion in spending. The only
good deal about his plan is that the debt limit is short term, meaning
they will have to deal with this again early next year. Round two is
nothing more at this time than pie in the sky and another example of
kicking the can down the road, rather than dealing with a serious
problem right now.

If you know how to read between the lines, both Speaker Boehner and
Paul Ryan have revealed their real intentions for the future when they
said something like: the baby boomers are coming of age with huge
increased pressure on social security and medicare and we have an
obligation to these folks.

What that means is they will NOT be willing to fight for and force
fiscal responsibility upon the federal government. Truth is, the only
responsibility they have to the grey panthers (I will soon be 65) is
to make sure the 2 plus Trillion dollars in IOUs to the social
security trust fund is paid back. Beyond that they have no
responsibility to social security, other than to make sure the trust
fund is actuarially sound. The ONLY way to do that is to raise the
amount working people pay in to the fund or cut benefits and of course
the third option would be to do a combination of both. One way to cut
benefits would be to raise the age of early retirement from 62 to 64
and the age of full retirement which is currently 66 for people my age
and 67 for younger people to 68 and 69. In addition, reducing some of
the disability coverage’s would be an option.

But people like Boehner are too fearful of the voters and unwilling to
take the risk of convincing a largely self centered and economically
ignorant American public on the risks of an eventual economic melt
down if we don’t quit borrowing ever more money.

U.S. Representative Connie Mack (R-Florida) has a plan to cap current
spending and if congress can’t prioritize spending cuts, there will be
an automatic spending cut of 1% a year. It will take 7 years to
balance the budget with that plan. That is a reasonable plan that
truly causes us all to share in the pain it will take to get our
budget in balance.

Bottom line, we must call our U.S. Representatives and urge them not
to support Speaker Boehner’s plan. I will be sorely disappointed in
Representative James Lankford if he supports Speaker Boehner’s plan as
I believed he is a person of strong resolve. If he caves, it will show
just how quickly he has become co-opted by the establishment.


John Sullivan (202) 225-2211, Dan Boren (202) 225-2701, Frank Lucas
(202) 225-5565, Tom Cole (202) 225-6165 and James Lankford (202)

Charlie Meadows

Tuesday, July 26, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, July 27th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. This past March we
had Avi Lipkin as a speaker giving us some of his inside information
regarding the turmoil in the Middle East and more particularly Egypt.
He will be with us again this Wednesday and hopefully will give us the
inside skinny regarding our bombing invasion of Libya and what is
going on in Syria. Mr. Lipkin is a past advisor to several Prime
Ministers and was the spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Today his wife serves as the official translator of Arab broadcasts
into Hebrew. Mr. Lipkin is a captivating speaker and has authored
several books which hopefully will be available for those in


* LOCATION - First Baptist Church in Moore, just East of I-35 at
the NE 27th street exit.

* TIMES - Thursday, first session begins at 6:15 p.m. and lasts
until 10:00 p.m. Friday, first session begins at 1:30 p.m. until
5:00 p.m. There will be a one hour break for dinner, then the final
session will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the conference will end at 10:00

* SPEAKERS - Keynote speakers are: Dr. Bob Cornuke, President
of The Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration Institute. Dr. Cornuke
is a Biblical investigator, international explorer and author of eight
books. He has participated in over thirty expeditions around the world
searching for lost locations described in the Bible. These journeys
include searching for Mount Sinai in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, looking
for the remains of Noah’s Ark in Turkey and researching ancient
Assyrian and Babylonian flood accounts in Iran. He has followed
ancient accounts of the Ark of the Covenant from Israel to Egypt and
across the Ethiopian highlands.

Dr. G. Thomas Sharp, President of Creation Research Institute. Dr.
Sharp is sometimes referred to as Oklahoma’s best kept secret as he
headquarters out of Noble Oklahoma. Dr. Sharp has achieved national
and international recognition as a Christian educator, religious
leader, businessman and author. He will do 3 presentations, one on the
Icons of Evolution, another on Mt. Saint Helens and the final one on
Dinosaurs and the Bible.

Pastor Dan fisher will do a presentation on the Black Robed Regiment,
which is about the influences of the pastors during our founding era.
He has up-dated his DVD presentation on the subject and should have
them available at the conference. Pastor Paul Blair, Director of
Reclaiming America for Christ, will do a presentation on America’s
Christian Heritage. I believe there will be some DVD presentations on
this subject available at the Conference.

Other speakers include Matt Barber with the Liberty Council, a
Christian civil liberties organization. State Representative Sally
Kern will speak as well as Jenni White, founder and director of ROPE
(Restore Oklahoma Public Education). From the political side, freshman
U.S. Representative James Lankford will speak along with newly elected
State Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Please note, there is no cost to attend, however a love offering will
be taken to defer expenses. OCPAC will have a table at the conference
and I could use a couple of volunteers, especially since I may have to
attend a special board meeting on Thursday or Friday at the hospital
in which I serve as a trustee. If you can help, please send me an e-
mail at


Following are the times and locations for other appearances for Avi
Lipkin while in Oklahoma for this trip.

* Wednesday evening, July 27th, First Baptist Church of Nicoma Park,
6:00 p.m. contact Pastor Mark Walters

* Thursday, July 28th, Grove Ok Tea Party, Cyndi McArtor

* Friday, July 29th High Noon Club meeting at 12 noon at H&H Range in

* Sunday, July 31st First Baptist Church of Moore 6:00 p.m. (I-35 and
NE 27th street in Moore)

* Wednesday, August 3rd, at 7:00 p.m., Chisholm Creek Baptist
Church, 17600 N. Western in OKC.


This past week, U. S. Senator Tom Coburn exposed more waste in
government spending. He specifically named Amtrak, one of my pet
peeves. There is not a market for passenger rail service anywhere in
Oklahoma. If there were it would be provided by private companies, not
the government. One of OKC’s mass transit advocates was on KTOK news
yesterday expressing concern over the next transit funding legislation
which is currently stalled in congress. He is afraid the feds won’t
pump millions of dollars into OKC’s next boondogle, the new light rail
system to be built in downtown OKC as a result of MAPS III passage. My
fear is the opposite. I am concerned that congress will fail to
eliminate such programs. Even if it was a good idea, and it isn’t, it
still needs to be eliminated as America is no longer a wealthy nation,
we are broke and deeply in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy.

The other government waste mentioned by Senator Coburn was in regard
to the millions of dollars spent in Oklahoma on wild horse programs.
What I am about to say will get me in trouble with a lot of people.
Over the past 30 or so years America has developed a group of people
who are basically Westernized Hindu’s. They no longer have the proper
perspective that animals should be treated as utilitarian, but they
have become so emotionally attached to animals that they treat them as
equals or superior to humans.

Just one manifestation of this unhealthy relationship occurred 5 or 6
years ago when this powerful group successfully got congress to pass
legislation to eliminate all horse slaughterhouses in America. These
animal worshippers want to make sure people feed, water and care for
their horses until they pass on to heaven of natural causes (some very
carnally minded folks actually believe animals have a soul and will be
in heaven). Some of the results of this legislation have been a larger
number of neglected horses, a drop in the price of horses and millions
of taxpayer dollars spent to care for wild horses. If you need to
dispose of a horse today, it must be shipped (at extra cost) to Mexico
for slaughter where the meat can be used for dog food or other

Now for Senator Coburn’s budget proposal. For 20 years I did financial
counseling (budget and debt resolution, not investment counseling)
where I taught people there are only 3 possible solutions to financial
problems. 1) Bring in the same amount of money and spend less. 2)
Bring in more money and spend the same. 3) Do a combination of the
first two. By the way, these principles apply to an individual,
corporation or a government.

The conservative Republicans are basically calling for number one as a
solution, the Democrats are just simply liars, deceivers and
ideologically the reason we are in trouble. Senator Coburn’s plan
comes from the number 3 solution. Overall, I like Senator Coburn’s
plan better than that of Paul Ryan’s plan as Coburn’s lays out a path
to balance the budget in 10 years and I believe it takes 28 years for
Ryan’s plan.

Where Coburn’s plan gets into trouble with some conservatives is that
is calls for increasing revenues, however, I don’t believe it calls
for tax increases. Please remember, words have meanings. Tax
deductions, tax credits, tax cuts or increases, etc. are all different
terms to represent different actions. Most of Coburn’s revenue
increases comes from eliminating or reducing tax deductions or
exemptions. While I might not agree with all of the specific
exemptions, I do favor that method if we foolishly insist on keeping
an income tax rather than switching to a national consumption tax,
known as The Fair Tax.

Why would I agree with eliminating some exemptions? We have a huge
problem in America in that 48 or so percent of working Americans pay
NO federal income taxes at all, none, zilch, nada (virtually everyone
pays social security taxes but those are different from income

Many of these non payers are beneficiaries of tax dollars and vote for
representatives to give them ever more benefits. However, since they
don’t pay income taxes, they don’t experience the true cost of
government. It is what I call REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION which is
the flip side of NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION which of course
was one of the 27 reasons we broke from England in our war of
independence. One is as bad as the other.

Eliminating or reducing some exemptions will cause more people to
become taxpayers, which is a good thing. On the other hand, it will
also cause some who already pay taxes to pay more and that may not be
a good thing. As an example, Senator Coburn calls for eliminating the
home mortgage interest deduction beyond a certain amount (I believe it
was $500,000) and on second homes as well as eliminating the interest
deduction on equity lines of credit loans. My wife and I go long form
on our taxes and use our home interest as a deduction. Our interest
deduction is no where near a half million, we don’t have a second
home, but we do have an equity line of credit loan for our first and
only mortgage. If I were to lose that deduction, I will pay more in

The point we as conservatives know, it that the amount of money
flowing into Washington is not the real problem. The REAL problem is
the spending as there is no limit as to what liberals in Washington
will spend if we allow them. If we can get spending under control, I
would be willing to pay more in taxes to reduce our national debt, but
then and only then when we get spending under control.

Another problem with Senator Coburn’s plan is a call to cut highway
and bridge funding. I don’t believe he really wants to cut back on
improving our roads, but it is more the result of taking a trust fund
and making it a part of the budget and thus a target for budget cuts.
Trust accounts should always be stand alone fee supported entities and
never be considered as a part of the budget. We have the same problem
in Oklahoma where we fail to understand the difference between a fee
and a tax and frequently mix those two systems.

The Federal Highway Trust Fund should simply work on the basis of
money in, money out. Where does the money come from? Every time we
purchase a gallon of gasoline or diesel, approximately 18 cents goes
to the federal trust fund, while the states also have about the same
amount that go into state coffers. This money should never be used for
anything other than roads and bridges (about 30% is diverted to mass
transit, Amtrak, bike and jogging trails and highway beautification
projects. Governor Keating tried to get these dollars for the dome on
the State Capitol, suggesting the dome could be seen from the
Centennial Expressway and would thus beautify the highway).

When you do fee based government, if properly managed fees go up if
they are insufficient or down if they are excessive. The highway trust
fund is shaky because of abuse and mismanagement from liberals in

Unless, cut cap and balance can be spread out over at least 5 or 10
years, Senator Coburn’s plan is the best thing to be offered thus far.


President Obama said if the debt ceiling isn’t extended he wasn’t sure
social security checks would go out in August. Let me establish where
I stand on my opinion of the President. He is a pathological liar, a
skilled deceiver of the naïve and acts like a slithering snake who
speaks with forked tongue. On the other hand, the 2 Republican
Congressmen (I didn’t know who they were) who stood behind a
microphone and stated that social security had over 2 TRILLION in its
trust fund were also liars.

For many years now the social security revenues going to the trust
fund were more than required for payments. Each year those excess
revenues were taken by Congress to be spent on other funds, but they
weren’t stolen. Congress, took the money and put an IOU in the fund to
someday be paid back with interest. So far, every time one of those
IOU’s has come due, it has been paid back, though with newly borrowed
money. Today, there are over 2 TRILLION dollars in IOU’s in the social
security trust fund, but no actual money.

It was thought that the trust fund would break even as far as the
amount coming in and the amount going out in about 2016. From that
point on it would operate in the red, with the government no longer
being able to borrow from the fund, but instead they would have to
begin to pay those IOUs back. It was anticipated paying back the IOUs
would keep Social Security operating at full benefits until about
2035. At that time, either higher amounts would have to be paid by
working people or the benefits would have to be reduced. It was
suggested that people drawing social security would see their benefits
reduced by about 30%.

However, because of the recession and a larger number of baby boomers
than expected taking early retirement, the fund actually started
operating in the red last year in 2010. Then something really bizarre
occurred. During the first 2 years of Obama’s reign, in an attempt to
stimulate the economy, the federal government paid out up to $400 in
tax credits for every working person. Rather than continue with that
failed idea, Obama and the lame duck congress decided to allow working
people to keep more money in their own pockets by reducing the amount
we pay into social security for this year. In other words, he reduced
the amount of money going into the social security trust fund, when it
was already operating in the red??? To my knowledge, this is the first
time that has occurred.

So far that has worked this year because congress has simply borrowed
or printed (all printed dollars become a loan) enough to pay off the
necessary IOUs in the Social Security Trust Fund so that the benefits
aren’t reduced. However, we are now looking at the debt ceiling not
being extended. If that occurs, Congress will not be able to borrow to
pay back those IOUs.

Bottom line, the best figures I can come up with suggest that when
August arrives next week, social security benefits to be paid out will
total about $24 billion dollars, but expected revenues coming into the
social security trust fund will only total about $17 billion. If they
can’t borrow more money, where are they going to get the money to keep
the benefits at the full amount? The checks will go out, but possibly
at a reduced amount.

My numbers may not be exact, but they are in the ball park. The
federal government was expected to spend about $285 billion dollars in
August, but total revenues flowing into the treasury would only be
about $170 billion. Some conservatives are suggesting we live only on
our means. They say, we should fully fund the military, fully fund the
debt payments so we don’t default and fully fund Social Security. We
could do that, but the cuts to everywhere else would be dramatic,
deep, severe and in my opinion throw us into a severe recession or
depression. Again, because this economy has been propped up with
borrowed and printed money for some time now, to lose those props will
have dire consequences.

I am in favor of these cuts in spending, but they must be done over
time. More importantly, we must create an environment in American were
the free market can thrive to create private sector jobs that produce
needed products and services. These new jobs are a necessity to reduce
the unemployment rate and provide a place for people to work who are
going to lose their current jobs because of federal government cut
backs. By increasing the number of private sector jobs, additional
revenues will flow into the federal government. Again, the number one
thing GOVERNMENT can do to create an environment for the free market
to succeed is to eliminate our current tax code and switch to the Fair
Tax. Unfortunately, that idea isn’t even a part of the dialogue going
on in Washington, though it is as important as the debate over cutting

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows

Tuesday, July 19, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, July 20th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. I am really excited
to have Mr. Art Thompson as our speaker this Wednesday. Mr. Thompson
is the CEO of the John Birch Society. He lives in Appleton Wisconsin,
which is the location of the home offices of the Birch Society. I
joined the Society in 1988 and during that time there have probably
been 4 or 5 different CEOs. I personally believe Mr. Thompson is the
best since I have been in the Society. He has a tremendous grasp of
history and speaks with a lot of authority or gravitas.

As a keen observer of the struggles at the Wisconsin State Capitol
this year, Mr. Thompson will give of his perspective on the
undercurrents involved in the struggle in Wisconsin. Currently, there
are recall elections in process for both Republican and Democrat
lawmakers and perhaps the Governor. I will also ask him to give an
overview of the activities of the Birch Society and some of its many

Speaking of the Birch Society, their newly revamped web-site is up and
running, check it out at and see what you find informative
and valuable. Remember, there are many sources of good information
today, but the question is, what to you do with good information? The
reason I have such high regard for the Birch Society is that it
disseminates excellent information, but more than that, it is an
organization in every state with field staff and a strategy to return
this nation to its Americanist ideals.

Of special interest on the web-site is the newly created FREEDOM
PROJECT. Over the past 2 or 3 years we have been developing an on-line
curriculum for home school children or for whole families to use.
Grades 9 through 12 are now ready to use and at only $35 per course,
it is very reasonable. There are over 100 conservative,
constitutionalist scholars that are contributing to the creation of
the curriculum, all of whom have masters or doctorate degrees. The
mission of the FREEDOM PROJECT is to empower Americans to understand,
enjoy and preserve the freedom and moral responsibility embodied in
America’s founding principles.


This year’s Reclaiming America for Christ Conference, which is one
week from this Thursday and Friday, has had a location change. It
seems with the drought and low water pressure at Trinity in Yukon,
there was concern about trying to flush toilets over a 2 day period
with large crowds. Therefore, the conference has been re-located to
First Baptist Church in Moore. This a larger sanctuary and will seat
more folks. Take the NE 27th Street exit and go one block East of
I-35. The actual address is 301 NE 27th street in Moore, you can
easily see the church from I-35. I will have more on the speakers in
next week’s e-mail.

I need to keep this short as I am covered up with home projects which
have been neglected for some time now. I look forward to seeing
everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows

Monday, July 18, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, July 13th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. By the time we
showed the video by Paul Harvey last week, only a handful of people
were still present. Therefore, we will show this 12 minute video first
then get on with the program. Our main speaker this week will be State
Representative Sally Kern. Her book, THE STONING OF SALLY KERN - THE
is now available. The book has been some time in the making as I read
the first version a couple of years ago. I am now reading the expanded
and published version. It is an excellent picture of how the radical
homosexual community works to destroy good people, and make an example
to others. They work to create fear in the hearts of anyone with a
voice who might rise up and disagree with their agenda. It may
surprise some as to why Sally dedicated her book to the Homosexual
community, among others. However, she will share what can happen when
a person caught up in the prison of the homosexual lifestyle can look
at a stoning with intellectual honesty and make a rational decision.
Sally will have some books available and will be glad to sign them for
those purchasing one.


Last Wednesday, with a fair amount of debate, our voting members made
their selections for the best and the worst in the legislature.
Following are the results. We congratulate those who performed above
average and deserve recognition for their good work.


Lawmaker of the year award goes to: Steve Russell (R-OKC) session
score 90, lifetime 77.

Lawmaker of the year runner-up goes to: Anthony Sykes (R-Moore)
session 90, lifetime 92.

Freshman lawmaker of the year goes to: Josh Brecheen (R-Colgate)
session 80, lifetime 80.

Freshman lawmaker runner-up goes to: Greg Treat (R-OKC) session 80,
lifetime 80.

The RINO award goes to: Brian Crain (RINO - Tulsa) session 40,
lifetime 60.

The RINO runner-up goes to: James Halligan (RINO-Stillwater) session
50, lifetime 50.


Lawmaker of the year award goes to: Jason Murphy (R-Guthrie) session
score 100, lifetime 100.

Lawmaker of the year runner-up goes to: Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow)
session 93, lifetime 93.

Freshman lawmaker of the year goes to: David Brumbaugh (R-Broken
Arrow) session 90, lifetime 90.

Freshman runner-up goes to: Josh Cockroft (R-Tecumseh) session score
83, lifetime 83.

The RINO award goes to: Weldon Watson (RINO-TULSA) session score 53,
lifetime 53.

The RINO runner-up goes to: Dustin Roberts (RINO-Durant) session score
43, lifetime 43.

There were also 3 Democrat lawmakers who scored high enough to be
considered for a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) award. The winners were:

The DINO of the year award goes to Wes Hilliard (D-Sulphur) session
score 66, lifetime 42.

The DINO runner-up goes to R.C. Pruitt (D-Antlers) session score 60,
lifetime 49.


* TUESDAY EVENING - ADA AREA - The Ada, Seminole tea party will
meet Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m. in the Industrial Arts Classroom on
the campus of the Ada Technology Center in Ada. Speaking this month
will be Oklahoma’s Lt. Governor, Todd Lamb and Oklahoma’s State
Auditor and Inspector, Gary Jones.

* TUESDAY EVENING - TULSA AREA - The Republican Assembly will
host Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, this Tuesday evening at the
Furr’s Buffet in the Farm Shopping Center, East 51st street and South
Sheridan Ave. Members and visitors will gather at 6 for dinner with
the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.. The meeting will adjourn at 8.

* THURSDAY EVENING - CLINTON AREA - The Western Oklahoma tea
party will host their monthly meeting this month in Clinton at the
Montana Mike’s restaurant, which is at exit #65 on I-40. Folks gather
at 6 for dinner with the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.. I will be the
speaker this month talking about the necessity for every generation to
fight for freedom. The members of this tea party alternate each month
between Weatherford, Clinton and Elk City. If you live in Western
Oklahoma, come on out and meet these conservatives who are making a

* THURSDAY EVENING - TULSA AREA - The Tulsa area chapter of OK2A
(Oklahoma 2nd Amendment) will have their monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. in
Uncle Buck’s Grill, located inside the Bass Pro store, 101 Bass Pro
Drive, Broken Arrow. The program will include a presentation by Kaye
Beach about RFID chips in your driver’s licenses and Agenda 21. While
these are not directly related to the 2nd Amendment, they will impact
our freedom in general and eventually may impact our gun rights.

* THURSDAY EVENING - MOORE AREA - The Sooner Republican Assembly
will have their monthly meeting, at Earls Rib in Moore. Members and
guests will gather at 6 for dinner, with the meeting beginning at 6:45
p.m. Speaking this month will be pastor Fred Greening of the Goldsby
First Baptist Church. Pastor Greening has organized many trips to
Israel and will give a first hand report regarding the turmoil in the
Middle East.

* THURSDAY AND FRIDAY - JULY 28TH AND 29TH. These are the times for
the 6th annual Reclaiming America (Oklahoma) For Christ Conference.
The events begin Thursday evening 6:15 and run until 10:00 p.m. Then
the Conference will re-convene on Friday the 29th with the afternoon
sessions beginning at 1:30 and go until 5:00 pm, then the evening
sessions will resume at 6:15 with the conference finishing at 10:00
p.m. The location is Trinity Baptist Church, one mile South of I-40
and Garth Brooks Boulevard (on the East side). Next week I will go
into more depth regarding the speakers. This is just 2 weeks off from
this Thursday and Friday. We packed the place out last year and this
year’s speakers are going to be excellent.


With the deadline looming for when the government runs out of
manipulations to keep going until the last days before we reach the
debt ceiling of $13.4 Trillion dollars, it looks like the President
and Congressional leaders are close to reaching a deal. I am on the
record in opposition to trying to balance the budget through spending
cuts in the next budget year. I believe this would risk a severe
economic jolt and likely cause a much more serious recession that the
one we recently experienced. I believe the Republicans in Washington
know this and will not let it happen as they would clearly be blamed
for such a recession.

Remember, the federal government is spending $1.6 Trillion more in a
year than it takes in from revenues. Where is the vast majority of
that $1.6 Trillion deficit spent? Right here in the U.S. of A. That
$1.6 Trillion of borrowed or newly printed dollars has been propping
up our economy, and without it diffusing throughout the economy, many
more jobs will be lost and the problems associated with higher
unemployment will exacerbate.

That is why changing policies to improve our business CLIMATE in
America is as important as talks about cutting spending. The single
most important thing that can be done to increase private sector jobs
is to switch to the Fair Tax. That will reduce the cost of doing
business in America, making our products much more competitive on a
global market as well as make everyone a taxpayer, which should
increase revenues to the federal government. Besides making all
current Americans taxpayers, the fair tax will increase jobs, putting
the unemployed back to work, thus creating even more taxpayers.

With that said, what citizens much watch out for in any kind of budget
deal is an extension of the debt limit today and supposed spending
cuts taking place somewhere down the line in a 10 year deficit
reduction promise. We should look for at least $300 billion in
spending cuts for the coming fiscal year. Then we should look for an
additional $300 billion in spending cuts for each successive year for
the next 5 years. Aside from certain variables, that would basically
eliminate our deficit over the next 5 years.

But even that soft landing approach will not work, if we don’t see
many of our manufacturing jobs come back to the United States. Sadly,
a couple of weeks ago Franklin Electric, the former Little Giant Pump
Company, announced they would be moving much of their work force out
of OKC and to a facility in Mexico. That is unfortunate, but with high
corporate taxes, excessive business regulations and problems with
organized labor, many companies keep moving their production
facilities out of America and in to other nations.

I am not going to speculate as to what the final deal will be between
the President and Congressional leaders as those details will probably
be evident in the near future. If the deal is unsatisfactory, we will
need to contact our Congressmen and tell them to send a message to
leadership that they need to go back to work and come up with a better

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows

Tuesday, July 5, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, July 6th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. The main focus of
our meeting this week will be to determine the outstanding lawmakers
in both the Senate and House as well as the winner of this year’s RINO
(Republican In Name Only) awards. We will have a time of debate on the
prospective winners where anyone can have input. Then our dues paying
members present at the meeting will vote for the winners of our
various awards. If we finish this business in time we will show the 12
minute video about the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
narrated by Paul Harvey.


Following will be the rankings of Senate Republicans, with the most
conservative first and then on down to the most liberal. Following
each name and then the town or city in which they live, will be 2
numbers. The first number is their score on the Oklahoma Constitution
Newspaper’s Conservative Index for the 2011 session which adjourned in
May of this year. The second number will represent their average score
for however many years they have been in the legislature. We put a
little more emphasis on this year’s score as it reflects how they are
governing in recent times. As a point of interest, once a lawmaker has
been in office 4 years or more, their session score does not vary much
from their lifetime score. Each year there are 10 key votes which make
up the index. A lawmaker gets 10 points for each conservative vote, no
points for a liberal vote and an unearned 3 points for each vote they

1) Anthony Sykes (Moore) 90 - 92

2) Steve Russell (OKC) 90 - 77

3) Bill Brown (Broken Arrow) 80 - 82

4) Josh Brecheen (Coalgate) 80 - 80 (freshman)

4) Kim David (Porter) 80 - 80 (freshman)

4) Greg Treat (Edmond) 80 - 80 (freshman)

7) Gary Stanislawski (Tulsa) 80 - 77

8) Clark Jolley (Edmond) 80 - 68

9) Ralph Shortey (OKC) 73 - 73 (freshman)

9) Frank Simpson (Ardmore) 73 - 73 (freshman)

11) Jim Reynolds (OKC) 73 - 72

12) Mike Mazzei (Bixby) 73 - 67

13) Brian Bingman (Sapulpa) 73 - 61

14) Dan Newberry (Tulsa) 70 - 70

15) Mike Schultz (Altus) 70 - 69

16) Byrce Marlett (Woodward) 70 - 67

17) Jonathan Nichols (Norman) 70 - 65

18) John Ford (Bartlesville) 70 - 63

18) Ron Justice (Chickasha) 70 - 63

20) Patrick Anderson (Enid) 70 - 59

21) Cliff Aldridge (Choctaw) 66 - 75

22) Rick Brinkley (Owasso) 63 - 63 (freshman)

22) David Myers (Ponca City) 63 - 63

24) Rob Johnson (Kingfisher) 63 - 60

25) Cliff Branan (OKC) 60 - 65

26) Mark Allen (Spiro) 60 - 60 (freshman)

26)) David Holt (OKC) 60 - 60 (freshman)

28) Don Barrington (Lawton) 60 - 58

All names below are RINO nominees

29) Eddie Fields (Wynona) 50 - 55

30) Jim Halligan (Stillwater) 50 - 55

31) Brian Crain (Tulsa) 40 - 60

32) Harry Coates (Seminole) 33 - 45

Following are the scores for the Democrats. Please note, the 2 highest
scoring Senate Democrats either tie or score higher than 3 time RINO
winner Harry Coates. Eighteen House Democrats score higher than
Coates, a philanderer and an embarrassment to the Oklahoma Republican

1) Jerry Ellis (Valliant) 40 - 33

2) Susan Paddack (Ada) 33 - 39

3) Earl Garrison (Muskogee) 30 - 33

4) Sean Burrage (Claremore) 30 - 32

5) Randy Bass (Lawton) 30 - 29

6) Charles Wyrick (Fairland) 30 - 23

7) Richard LeBlance (Hartshorne) 30 - 19

8) Charlie Laster (Shawnee) 26 - 30

9) Tom Adelson (Tulsa) 26 - 24

10) Tom Ivester (Sayre) 23 - 41

11) John Sparks (Norman) 23 - 25

12) Jim Wilson (Tahlequah) 20 - 15

13) Roger Ballenger (Okmulgee) 13 - 19

14) Judy E. McIntyre (Tulsa) 10 - 16

14) Andrew Rice (OKC) 10 - 16

16) Connie Johnson (OKC) 10 - 13

Following are the State House Republicans

1) Jason Murphey (Guthrie) 100 - 100

2) Mike Ritze (Broken Arrow) 93 - 96

3) Sally Kern (OKC) 90 - 93

3) P. Wesselhoft (Moore) 90 - 93

5) D. Brumbaugh (Broken Arrow) 90 - 90 (freshman)

6) Mike Reynolds (OKC) 83 - 95

7) Josh Cockroft (McLoud) 83 - 83 (freshman)

8) Tom Newell (Seminole) 80 - 80 (freshman)

8) Steve Vaughn (Ponca City) 80 - 80 (freshman)

10) David Derby (Owasso) 80 - 77

11) J. Trebilcock (Broken Arrow) 80 - 66

12) Charles Key (OKC) 76 - 82

13) Randy Terrill (Moore) 76 - 79

14) Todd Russ (Cordell) 76 - 73

15) George Faught (Muskogee) 73 - 73

15) Aaron Stiles (Norman) 73 - 73 (freshman)

17) Mark McCullough (Sapulpa) 73 - 71

18) Colby Schwartz (Yukon) 70 - 76

19) Randy McDaniel (Edmond) 70 - 74

20) Louis Moore (Arcadia) 70 - 73

21) T. W. Shannon (Lawton) 70 - 72

22) Pam Peterson (Tulsa) 70 - 71

23) Dennis Casey (Morrison) 70 - 70 (freshman)

23) Rusty Farley (Haworth) 70 - 70 (freshman, he passed away on
July 4th)

23) Randy Grau (Edmond) 70 - 70 (freshman)

23) Corey Holland (Marlow) 70 - 70

23) Glen Mulready (Tulsa) 70 - 70 (freshman)

23) Jason Nelson (OKC) 70 - 70

23) Sean Roberts (Hominy) 70 - 70 (freshman)

30) Mike Sanders (Kingfisher) 70 - 68

31) Sue Tibbs (Tulsa) 70 - 67

32) Fred Jordan (Jenks) 70 - 64

32) Scott Martin (Norman) 70 - 64

34) Kris Steele (Shawnee) 70 - 63

35) Gus Blackwell (Goodwell) 70 - 60

35) Ann Coody (Lawton) 70 - 60

35) Earl Sears (Bartlesville) 70 - 60

35) Harold Wright (Weatherford) 70 - 60

39) Lisa Billy (Purcell) 70 - 57

40) Don Armes (Faxon) 70 - 55

41) Phil Richardson (Minco) 70 - 53

42) David Dank (OKC) 66 - 68

43) Charles Ortega (Altus) 66 - 67

44) Dan Kirby (Tulsa) 66 - 59

45) Marian Cooksey (Edmond) 63 - 72

46) Elise Hall (OKC) 63 - 63 (freshman)

46) Marty Quinn (Claremore) 63 - 63 (freshman)

48) Guy Liebman (OKC) 63 - 61

48) Pat Ownbey (Ardmore) 63 - 61

48) Dan Sullivan (Tulsa) 63 - 61

51) Dale DeWitt (Braman) 63 - 56

52) Dennis Johnson (Duncan) 60 - 76

53) Steve Martin (Bartlesville) 60 - 64

54) Skye McNiel (Bristow) 60 - 61

55) Jadine Nolan (Sand Springs) 60 - 60 (freshman)

56) Mike Jackson (Enid) 60 - 58

57) Jeff Hickman (Fairview) 60 - 57

Names below this line are this year’s RINO nominees.

58) Mike Christian (OKC) 59 - 73

59) Gary Banz (MWC) 56 - 68

60) Ron Peters (Tulsa) 56 - 59

61) John Bennett (Sallisaw) 56 - 56 (freshman)

62) Charlie Joyner (MWC) 53 - 65

63) Weldon Watson (Tulsa) 53 - 53

64) Doug Cox (Grove) 52 - 45

65) Lee Denney (Cushing) 50 - 54

66) Tommy Hardin (Madill) 50 - 50 (freshman)

67) Todd Thomsen (Ada) 49 - 61

68) John Enns (Enid) 48 - 62 (was very sick, missed a large part
of session)

69) Leslie Osborne (Tuttle) 48 - 57 (missed 6 votes - ???)

70) Dustin Roberts (Durant) 43 - 43 (freshman)

Below are the scores for the House Democrats

1) Wes Hilliard (Sulphur) 66 - 42

2) R.C. Pruitt (Antlers) 60 - 49

3) Joe Dorman (Rush Springs) 60 - 39

4) Rebecca Hamilton (OKC) 56 - 38

5) Eric Proctor (Tulsa) 53 - 47

6. Brian Renegar (McAlester) 46 - 40

7) Seneca Scott (Tulsa) 46 - 29

8) Donnie Condit (McAlester) 43 - 43 (freshman)

8) Scott Inman (OKC) 43 - 43

8) James Lockhart (Heavener) 43 - 43 (freshman)

11) Larry Glen (Miami) 43 - 34

12) Jerry McPeak (Warner) 42 - 33

13) Ed Canady (Porum) 40 - 26

14) Mike Brown (Ft. Gibson) 39 - 45

15) Steve Kouplen (Beggs) 39 - 41

16) Jerry Shoemake (Morris) 36 - 33

17) Chuck Hoskins (Vanita) 36 - 23

18) Anastasia Pittman (OKC) 36 - 19

19) R. Morrissette (OKC) 33 - 45

20) Purcy Walker (Elk City) 33 - 35

21) William Four killer (Stillwell) 33 - 33 (freshman)

22) Wade Rousselot (Waggoner) 33 - 31

23) Danny Morgan (Prague) 32 - 31

24) Mike Shelton (OKC) 29 - 22

25) Al McAffrey (OKC) 29 - 11

26) Emily Virgin (Norman) 23 - 23 (freshman)

26) Cory Williams (Stillwater) 23 - 23

28) Jeanie McDaniel (Tulsa) 23 - 16

29) Jabar Shumate (Tulsa) 22 - 30

30) Ben Sherrer (Chouteau) 20 - 40

31) Paul Roan (Tishomingo) 16 - 19

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